Local News

  • Low voter turnout, but smooth election in Marion County

    The election may or may not have turned out the way you wanted it to last week, but according to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly, things went extremely well for his staff.
    “I don’t know that we could have asked for a better performance,” Mattingly said. “Everybody did a really good job.”
    There were a few hiccups, according to Mattingly, but that’s going to happen during any election.

  • Trash talk

    Magistrates did some trash talking at the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting Thursday, Nov. 5, but not at each other. The trash talk was concerning problems with the collection of waste at various businesses located in the City of Lebanon. Specifically, there are establishments that are currently paying the residential rate but are generating large volumes of trash on a daily and/or weekly basis, according to Marion County Solid Waste and Environmental Coordinator Keith Brock.

  • The Foreigner on stage again this week

    Kentucky Classic Theatre presents the comedy "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue again this week. The comedy is being directed by Lynn D. Farris. Performances are Nov. 12-14. All shows begin at 7 p.m., in Centre Square in Lebanon. For ticket information, go to www.mykct.com or call 270-321-0218.

  • Raywick residents indicted for receiving stolen property, drugs

    Two Raywick residents, who were arrested recently during the search for Floyd Ray Cook, were indicted in Marion Circuit Court on Nov. 2.
    Troy E. Wayne, 51, and Katie McCarty, 35, both of 487 Paul Stiles Road in Raywick, were indicted for receiving stolen property under $10,000, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Paramedic's organs donated, body brought back to Jessamine County

    By Rosalind Essig
    The Jessamine Journal

    The body of a Jessamine County paramedic struck by a vehicle was brought back to Nicholasville after he was taken off of life support Monday, according to Jessamine County officials.
    Paramedic John Mackey died at 10:24 Monday morning from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle Thursday night, according a Fayette County Coroner news release.
    John’s father, Bob Mackey, lives in Lebanon.

  • Monks return to Marion County
  • Always honor, never forget

    Soldiers never die unless they are forgotten.
    It’s our duty to never forget them, and we must always find ways to honor and celebrate them.
    That was the message given by Lieutenant Colonel Allen H. Boone to the crowd gathered at the Lebanon National Cemetery Sunday for the Veterans Day celebration.
    Boone served two combat tours in Iraq, and currently serves as the chief of plans/base operations manager with the Kentucky Army National Guard at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky.

  • Veterans Day: Run through the jungle

    Sam Epps spends a lot of time these days reading on his front porch. He enjoys Westerns and crime stories.
    But Epps could tell some stories of his own. Many days, you can find him wearing his Army jacket, a reminder of his tour of duty in Vietnam and of the multiple firefights he survived.
    “I didn’t pick none [fights], but I was in a few,” he said.
    In September, Epps received another memento of his time in East Asia in the late 1960s — a dog tag that he lost in 1968 during a reconnaissance mission in the jungles of Vietnam.

  • Veterans Day: The men behind the name

    By Jonna Spelbring Priester
    Landmark News Service

    When it opened in March of 1946, the Marple-Caldwell VFW Post 5910 was named after two men who lost their lives during World War II.
    The post was formed with WWII veterans, and quickly had a membership of 89. At the time, more than 1,200 Marion County residents were said to be eligible for membership.
    Porter Ray Marple was the first man from Marion County to be killed during the war, and William T. Caldwell was son of then Marion County Sherriff J. Herman Caldwell.

  • Veterans Day: Unconditional love

    Norma Jean Reynolds, 88, of Lebanon has only missed one Veterans Day ceremony at the Lebanon National Cemetery in 60 years.
    And, she had good reason to miss that particular ceremony in 1976.
    One of her four grandchildren were born.
    But, with that one exception, she has been a familiar face each year at the ceremony, which honors all veterans, including her husband, Homer Reynolds, who is buried at the Lebanon National Cemetery.